(Michigan City, IN) - There is a round-trip, seven-day-a-week shuttle bus service again in Michigan City to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago.
Nearly a month ago, Express Air Coach took over the route abandoned by Coach USA at the end of 2019.
Buses pick up riders at Marquette Mall in front of the La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau three times a day. Return trips are also offered three times a day at the same location.
Express Air Coach Owner Paul Davis said the number of passengers is gradually increasing as more people become aware that the airport shuttle bus service has been reestablished.
A round trip to O’Hare Airport from Michigan City is about $90. The company is also offering pick-up and return services in Portage and Hammond.
“We’re really excited to be in those markets,” Davis said.
Davis said more pick-up and return times for Michigan City are planned if demand reaches a certain level. Establishing service to and from Midway Airport in Chicago is also being explored.
“We know people are interested in that,” Davis said.
Express Air Coach has provided round-trip service to O’Hare Airport from Purdue University at West Lafayette for nearly 18 years. Davis said demand from the campus is driven primarily by international students, faculty, and other staff members traveling to and from other countries.
“We have a lot of experience in the airport business, so we felt it was time to expand in the Northwest Indiana area,” Davis said.
Express Air Coach also provides round-trip service for basketball and other sports teams at Purdue to Big Ten conference games at Northwestern University in Chicago and other schools as far west as Nebraska and the east coach.
The company also offers charter services for private groups.
“We get involved in a lot of different aspects of ground travel,” Davis said.